Louis o Fraunce, Duke o Orléans

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Louis o Fraunce
A depiction of the young prince in Catherine de' Medici's Book of Hours
Duke o Orléans
Ring3 February 1549 – 24 October 1550
PredecessorCharles II
SuccessorCharles III
Born3 Februar 1549
Fontainebleau, Paris
Dee'd24 October 1550 (age 1 year 8 months)
BuirialBasilica o St Denis
FaitherHenry II o Fraunce
MitherCatherine de' Medici

Louis o Fraunce, Duke o Orléans (3 Februar 1549 – 24 October 1550) wis a son o Keeng Henri II (31 March 1519 – 10 Julie 1559) an his wife, Catherine de' Medici, dochter o Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke o Urbino an his wife Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne. He died aged 1 year an 8 month.

Life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Efter Henry II an Catherine de' Medici were mairit, several years passed without the birth o any issue. Though various remedies were tried, none proved to be effective. According to court sources, the ryal couple then turned to the coort physician Fernel for help in conceiving.

Louis was born on 3 Februar 1549 at the Palace o Fontainebleau, the couple's second son and fourth child. Frae birth he was second in line tae the throne an endowed with the duchy o Orléans. He wis raised under the supervision o the governor an governess of the ryal bairn, Jean d'Humières an Françoise d'Humières, under the orders o Diane de Poitiers, an reportedly shared the same nursery with his brither an sister Francis an Elisabeth, an later with his brither Charles. Louis wis present when five-year-auld Mary, Queen o Scots arrived at Henry II's court to be raised as the intended bride an queen o Francis, the future King o Fraunce an King consort o Scots. There are reports that Henry II an Catherine planned for Louis tae ane day become the Duke o Urbino, a teetle which belonged exclusively tae the Medici

Dairth[eedit | eedit soorce]

Freer's account[eedit | eedit soorce]

Martha Walker Freer gives the year o Louis's daith as 1549.

According to Freer, the infant Duke o Orléans was gien a christening o "extraordinary splendour" in St. Germain-en-Laye in 1549. However, a few days efter the ceremony, Louis died frae the effects o a chill caught while being handed fae ane state functionary tae anither.

Other accounts[eedit | eedit soorce]

Other accounts dismiss Freer's, stating that Louis died in 1550, ane even giving a date for his baptism, 19 Mey 1549 an listing his godparents as John III o Portugal, Mary o Guise an Ercole II d'Este, Duke o Ferrara.